Blog RELAUNCH (and other things) PARTAYYYYYY

BLOGOSPHERE!

This is going to be basically an INTERNET PARTY on my blog/social media! I’ve wanted to do a giveaway for some time now, but I wasn’t sure what to do it for. (honestly I’m still not sure but eh who’s caring?)

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SO. This is gonna be a celebration for

  1. 100 Followers on the Blog, Twitter, and Instagram (lol I’m actually at 200 on twitter already) so basically i’m famous now
  2. 2 (and a half, heck) years blogiversary 
  3. Going into my SENIOR YEAR
  4. and A BLOG RELAUNCH!!!!

basically, everything you could ever do on the internet.

By entering the giveaway, you’re in the running for a watercolor quote calligraphy art thing that I did, a hand written letter to you, and a custom t-shirt that I make for you (and possibly some other surprise stuff that I haven’t decided on yet *wink*)!

If you’ve been poking around on the blog this past weekend, you MAY have noticed some *changes* to the blog! The general layout is still the same (but may change soon), but it’s WHITE now and so #professional, right? I’m relaunching my blog!

Soooooooo that means I’m going to be changing up the blogging schedule a bit! Starting from the END of August (when the giveaway closes), I’ll be back to posting *once* a week, on Fridays. Book reviews may appear also on Monday, but who reads those anyhow they will be sporadic.

However, with that, I’m also going to be trying to putting more thought into the blogposts….as in actually thinking about what to post more than an hour before I need it posted….*hides*

ALSO, you may know, I’ve heading into my SENIOR YEAR of high school. o.0 WHAT??? With that, comes college applications and adulting stuff and probably less time to spend trying weird things on the internet. Running a giveaway is something on my senior bucket list that I’m doing, and SO YAS.

Now….ON TO THE GIVEAWAY.

Rules:

  • This giveaway is open from Monday, August 14 to Thursday, August 31 at 11:59pm.  I’ll draw a winner and announce them on (or around) Sunday, August 13
  • You must have parent permission to enter (aka give your address away if you win)
  • Open IN THE US ONLY (sorry international friends…I am still a poor student with almost no money)
  • I will notify the winner BY EMAIL within 48 hours of the giveaway closing
  • Once notified, winners have 48 hours to respond with their details to claim the prize. After 48 hours, I will choose another winner

CLICK HERE FOR THE GIVEAWAY

(here’s a screenshot of the giveaway, for easier reference)

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Have fun, and good luck!

Blog Tour: The Blood Race by Kate Emmons!!! || Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Hey guys! Remember last week when I said it was a good week for books? Well, today, I’m bringing you all, THE BLOOD RACE BY KATE EMMONS! *confetti*

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I first heard about The Blood Race after following the author’s sister, Abbiee on her endeavors on the internet (blogging, writing, musics, ALL THE AESTHETICS serIOUSLY GO CHECK HER OUT). I got to read an ARC of it, and iT IS SO GOOD!

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He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years…

Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.

Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.

As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.

When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

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There’s also a TRAILER for this book! IT’S AMAZING GO CHECK IT OUT

About the AuthorAuthor

When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons lives in the often-snowy hills of rugged Vermont with her husband and dog named Rocket.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Blog || YouTube

Review

OH. MY. WORD. I haven’t really considered myself a sci-fi or dystopian reader until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered that I liked both before reading The Blood Race!

Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together.

While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all the other books, and the characters. OH THE CHARACTERS.

They are both so well defined yet complex yet broken. They each had a past story, and they had a story to tell. They each had a power, and that was what drew them together. They were so beautiful and I loved them all so much.

Not only the characters, but the world itself was so wonderfully built. The world-building was so detailed and vivid, and while it was tricky to understand what all it entailed (as is the case with many alternate universe books that have world building), it was all so beautifully described and the end result was stunning.

The plot had so many loops and swirls that it was impossible to tell what was coming next. There were so many tropes that didn’t show up, unlike so many of other YA fiction books (there. is. no. romance. #WHAT) There were so many hidden meaning behind each of the small things in the book that clearly meant so much.

(small disclaimer: there is use of s**t and an instance of when the f word was about to be said, as a part of character development)

You may like this book if:

  • You like fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/suspense, or any of the above
  • You like well developed YA fiction
  • You like stories with meaning and motifs behind everything
  • You like great worldbuilding stories and/or beautiful lovable characters

My Rating-

9/10

Giveaway!!

This is actually THE FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER ON MY BLOG!!

With that, I also don’t really know how to set up giveaways…but rafflecopter seems like a good choice. 🙂 (I also can’t figure out how to embed the giveaway into the post, like the Blogger folks, so you’ll have to click the link. yes, I know, it’s a pain)

The giveaway runs from today (August 7th, 2017) until next Sunday (August 13th, 2017) at midnight. (tweeting everyday gives you more chances!!)

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That’s it! Go check out some other stops on the blog tour here:

Loud and Clear || Totally Graced || Abbiee || Plottinger Twist || Silver Mess || A Heart Redeemed | Quills in the Inkwell

Blog Tour: Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire!! || Review

Hey guys! It’s a busy week in the book world! I’m going to be part of TWO blog tours for brand new books this week that I’m super excited about! Today, I’m part of the Andora’s Folly blog tour by the lovely Abigayle Claire!

About the Book

A Pandora’s Box retelling

Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant’s wife can save her from her folly.

Amazon || GoodReads || Pinterest

(There is also a giveaway for Andora’s Folly Abi is currently running on her blog: find it here!)

About the Author

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Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than writing them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of seventeen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing, and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com … when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || GoodReads || Pinterest || YouTube || Google Plus

My Review

The only exposure I’ve had with Pandora’s Box is in first or second grade, when I did the unit on Ancient Greeks and did Greek Mythology. (was that just me?) Not only haven’t I read the story in literally ten years, I remember HATING the story.

As a result, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to get from Andora’s Folly, which is a Pandora’s Box retelling. Basically, it is a Greek mythology retelling set in a fantasy world, which I thought was super unique!

The “retelling” feel wasn’t very obvious: it was the kind where you finished the book and went “ohhhhh it WAS A RETELLING!!!”which is always the kind of retelling I like! 🙂

This was a novella, which meant that it was on the short side: 100 pages or so, but the characters were all very well developed and the storyline was complete, which can’t be said for many other novellas.

The storyline overall kept twisting, and had me on my toes the whole time. The romance stuff (what fairytale isn’t complete without a sweet romance?) was super sweet, but also completely clean at the same time.

Overall, it’s a short, sweet, but well written book! Definitely go check it out if:
A) you like fantasy tales
B) you like Greek Mythology
C) you like novellas that are well developed

Blog Tour

SAT, JULY 29: Madison Guy // Spotlight || Maddy // Interview
SUN, JULY 30: Emily Mundell // Review || Faith Potts // Review
MON, JULY 31: Hanne T // Review || Victoria Lynn // Spotlight + Interview + Review
TUES, AUG 1: Ashley // Spotlight + Review || Faith Thompson // Spotlight + Review
WED, AUG 2: Mikayla // Review || Soleil // Spotlight || Ivy Rose // Spotlight + Review
THURS, AUG 3: Ashley Bogner // Review || Savannah Grace // Spotlight + Interview
FRI, AUG 4: Lisa // Interview || Abigail McKenna // Review
SAT, AUG 5: Grace Anne // Review || Zane Jones // Interview

(I have done my best to link the blogs who are also part of the blog tour, in the hope that y’all are going to go check them out! There is some awesome stuff on their blogs!)

A huge thank you to Abigayle Claire for providing me with a free ebook copy of this book for my review! I was not required to leave a positive review.

 

 

What Happened This Month: July 2017

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Photo Credts, editing mine, feat PicMonkey

Happenings-

  • I finished out my Junior Year!
  • The Bright Eyes Podcast came out AND ITS SO SO AMAZING GO CHECK IT OUT NOW.
  • I FINALLY CHANGED MY TWITTER HEADER from *cough*the blogmas header *cough* (but I AM rather proud of it, @HanneasinHannah check it out XD) AND ALSO MY USERNAME ON BOTH TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM (HanneasinHannah now on both!)
  • I FINALLY GOT (kinda) CAUGHT UP on commenting on other people’s blogs!!! (lol if you see literally 7 straight comments from me on your blog…..*hides*)
  • Working 40 hours a week still and now learning to appreciate why people like the weekend so much
  • I got sick and almost froze to death at the place where I work beCAUSE APPARENTLY IT’S NECESSARY TO KEEP THE AC AT FREEZING
  • I got my first legit paycheck ever!
  • But also on the same day I got my paycheck I threw my phone across the room and the screen shattered
  • Starting to sort through college stuffs and boy…it’s interesting
  • BACK TO SCHOOL STARTED ON YOUTUBE AND IT’S NOT OKAY
  • I had a dream where I met Leane in real life but she introduced herself to me as Anne, and I didn’t recognize her until golden hour
  • Free Food Day 2017 happened and I got free chick-fil-a and also free 7-11 slurpees
  • FREN TIME
  • I tried a bookstagram challenge and it worked for 6 days

Awesome-

  • The Bright Eyes Podcast. Literally, what more can I say? GO LISTEN TO ITTT
  • GETTING YOUR GOAL SAT SCORE AND NOT HAVING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE *hallelujah*
  • A summer where YOU ACTUALLY HAVE A/C IN YOUR HOUSE AND PRAISE JESUS IS IT THE BEST THING EVER
  • Listening to a playlist of Hamilton and Moana and admiring how well Lin Manuel’s writing flows together
  • Filling in forms for your local homeschool group where you don’t have to be all formal
  • Cooking the perfect amount of macaroni so now obviously you’re certified to be an adult

Awkward-

  • That part of the clothes cycle where you wear black t-shirts everyday so no one can tell if it’s the same shirt or not
  • When it’s 2am and you still haven’t listened to the 30 minute long Bright Eyes Podcast yet but still manage to do it, even if you’re working a full day the next day
  • When you collect 6 assorted glasses etc from your room so now you’re basically the model for the World’s Most Rebellious Teenager™
  • Signing up for the SAT on the last day so all the nearby high schools have full seats and you’re going to have to DRIVE 70 MILES to get to your SAT
  • Really really wanting to reveal to The Internet™ where your general location is but Creepy Internet Stalkers™ tho
  • Reading “God’s covenant” as “God’s covfefe” so now y’all know I’m very spiritually attune
  • Responding to a customer who said “Have a nice day!” with “thanks, you too!” instinctively, then without realizing, saying “Have a nice day!” back to them again
  • Writing “As a high school student” but deciding to change it to “as a student” bc it’s college, but typing “As a high student” instead.

That Moment When-

  • When you listen to Bright Eyes Podcast at 2:30am with moths at your window, rain falling, in the dark and being straight up paralyzed in fear
  • You discover that Julie Andrews has a daughter whose name is basically Emma Watson Hamilton (it’s Emma Walton Hamilton, but who’s checking?)
  • You’re lying in bed with no pants on because that’s clearly how you adult
  • You meet a friend at youth group whom you haven’t seen for literally 6 years but you feel like you know each other because of Instagram and the leader is going “???” because of how teens communicate these days *eyeroll*
  • Trying to take a screenshot to show your cracked screen. Needless to say, it didn’t work

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Media This Month: July 2017

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Cool Blogposts Read-

An Ode to Indepndence Day {A Poem} by Elly Lily

Why You Ache by Julia

He Remains by Ashlyn

Seek the Lord First by Sarah (on Megan’s blog)

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10 (#not) Books To Read This Summer || If Your TBR Kills You Don’t Sue Me

Well. It’s time. (High time. After all, it’s only the END of July. -_-) If you have too much time on your hands this (or, the rest of this) summer, here are 10 books to add to your TBR pile! *bookworm cheering that slowly becomes muffled as their tbr falls on them*

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Photo via Google Images, Editing mine, feat PicMonkey (yes, that is an actual pile of books and it hurts my eyes to see the mutilated books too)

This blogpost is mildly influenced by Olivia and Grace Anne. Their books are more of the classic/historical fiction genre (more of what I like), but I’m a weird reader that reads all sort of weird stuff, while still being really picky about the genres that I like, so I’m going to be writing about more ‘modern’ books in my post.


I’m going to divide this post up into several categories and list several books in each category. These books, instead of being my TBR for the summer (because my TBR literally changes every other day, as it depends on what book I have at the moment), are books I’m forcing suggesting you to read over the summer! They are all my FAVORITE FAVORITE books, and I 100% recommend, with the exception of two, which you’ll see in the blurb. 🙂

Christian Fiction

  1. This is the A Time of Grace trilogy by Alicia Ruggieri, and it’s an absolutely BEAUTIFUL series, with a story of God’s grace and redemption, following three different point of views of a continuing story. It’s SO WELL WRITTEN. I SO HIGHLY recommend!!

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2. I’ve actually reviewed A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander already on my blog! It’s a great story about an extremely talented woman musician trying to find her place in a world where male musicians dominate. As a musician, I LOVED reading it! (BEWARE, though, the romantic scenes are a *bit* much at places, and there are some mentions that are not as appropriate for younger readers. More details here)

3. Andora’s Folly is an Pandora’s Box retelling by Abigayle Claire, and it’s releasing July 29th! I’m on the Launch Team for the book, which means I’ve already beta read it, and Y’ALL SHOULD READ IT!! Also, you can preorder the book here!

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4. I really haven’t done enough flailing over this series on my blog. The Serena Jones Trilogy by Sandra Orchard is a modern Christian suspense/murder/FBI story trilogy, featuring young FBI agent Serena Jones. They’re all fast paced mysteries, and often I can’t keep up (which is a good thing!) with the mystery. There is also a light romance (it’s the sweetest), and the characters are witty and well-defined and the love triangle is the most effortless one to read! THIS COULD WELL BE MY FAVORITE CHRISTIAN FICTION EVER)

5. I actually haven’t read The Color Project, partially due to the fact that it’s not releasing for another month. However, there is already an INSANE amount of hype on twitter (the author’s twitter generating a lot of it), and the reviews for the ARCs that I’ve seen have all been positive!

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6. But really, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, can you say that you’re well-read? (I don’t necessarily recommend the other two; they’re not as good as The Hunger Games itself.) And if you’ve been living entirely under a rock, The Hunger Games is a YA dystopian book that is, in my opinion, THE foundation for all YA fiction.

7. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry is another dystopian series, but it’s less gory and violent, making it suitable for younger readers (starting age 11ish). The storyline is so well tied together AND THE FIRST BOOK AND THE LAST BOOK. OMGNS. YES. My favourite out of them is Gathering Blue, so basically I RECOMMEND ALL OF THEM OKAY?

8. The Blood Race by Kate Emmons is another book that hasn’t been released yet. I’ve had the privilege of receiving an Advanced Reader Copy, and I’m so excited for its release!  (If you’re interested in winning a free copy, head over to Kate’s Website and subscribe to her newsletter!) Basically, it’s basically a secular Christian A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver meets The Raven Boys! SO YES READ IT WHEN IT COMES OUT.

Historical Fiction

9. These two books by Ellen Klages are about two girls living during World War II on the New Mexico base when the United States was trying to develop the atomic bomb. The science talk and the friendship and World War II and AHH YES.

10. What can I say? If you haven’t read The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, what have you been doing with your life? These are MUST READS. They follow the life of Laura growing up in the developing United States, living the pioneer life. These were my FAVOURITE books growing up, and definitely a set I’m bringing to college, because YAS.

11. Yet another CLASSIC FAVOURITE. Cheaper by the Dozen follows the story of a family of a dozen children headed by a motion study expert and the hilarious adventures that ensue. Belles on their Toes, the sequel, is also hilarious and the writers, two of the kids, are AWESOME.

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12. Princess Academy is one of the only fantasy books that I really, really liked. The storyline is so well connected and tied together and ASADJHKGFDL YESSS. I also did a review on Princess Academy, and I highly, highly recommend that you read it! There are two other books in the series, but I don’t really recommend it as much as Princess Academy.


SPEAKING OF WHICH, I actually have a [sort of] Bookstagram! It’s actually my blog instagram, but because this is The Summer For Books, I’ve been posting book photos there.

And that’s it! #sorrynotsorry for adding (much more than) 10 books to your summer TBR! Please tell me if you read any, or have read any, or want to read any! I really, REALLY recommend each of these books, and you won’t regret them, I promise

Have you read any of these books? Which one looks the best to you? Do YOU have any book suggestions for me?

Rant: Friends, and How Society™ Portrays Friends || My Thoughts on Boys and Friends, and Society

As I’m going into my senior year and am turning 18 on my next birthday, I feel like I’m qualified to give friends/boys/society advice now. *insert eyeroll*

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I’ve been thinking about making a post completely dumping out all my thoughts for this topic, because it’s been a rather controversial thing that’s happened over my entire high school career, you could say. (Once you read the post, you’ll know why)

I actually made a twitter thread about this, that I’m using as my basis for this whole post, because IT’S IMPORTANT. IT’S SO IMPORTANT.

My best friend is a guy. (At least, one out of 3 of them is). We met when I was in 8th grade and he was in 7th grade. We go to the same church, so naturally I had been aware of him since before then, but we had never really talked.

And then my 8th grade year, I started doing science olympiad and band, which were both things he also did, and we became super close really quickly.

By my 9th grade year, we were using google hangouts with each other (large steps of technology for us homeschoolers 😂) And leT ME JUST SAY, once you start talking to me on Google Hangouts, there is no going back. I show what I think is my best side but what is probably my worst side on there.

At any rate, he is now one of my closest friends.

And beCAUSE my best friend is a guy, I really haven’t had any crushes (to talk about) throughout middle or high school. Yes, we do love each other, but it’s completely platonic. We both have other friends of the opposite gender, and we’re not limiting ourselves to each other.

And trust me, I’ve heard my share of crap about this friendship, mainly from girl friends (who are too eager to pair you with someone) and moms. (Once I overheard a church mom say to his mom regarding us: “if they fight like that now, just wait until they’re married”)

Growing up in a Christian community, I’ve heard my share of “your best friend should be the same gender so you can relate” stuff. And this is where I have an issue with Society™*. The World™ says “get yourself a boy/girlfriend as early as possible, date as much as you can, breakups are normal, so are crushes. if you feel like doing THE THING™ at age 16? GO FOR IT. WHY NOT. LIFE IS SHORT.” On the other hand, the church/Christian community says “Don’t have too close of friends with people of the opposite gender.”
*Society™ is defined as what The World™ and The Church™, or PEOPLE in general think

But honestly? I’m glad that my friend is a guy. I’m also glad I don’t have a boyfriend. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with cheating boyfriends, or breakups, or any of that crap. I’m also glad I have a good standard to measure other guys by when I start dating.

Because trust me, if I’m dating someone (eventually) who doesn’t listen to me rant at 1am about life? He’s not staying. If I’m dating someone who doesn’t say “go ahead, rant. I’ll listen,” you can bet YOUR TOES it’s probably not going to last. (Though how I’d have gotten INTO aforementioned hypothetical relationship I really do not know).

If my future boyfriend doesn’t respect what I want, pray for me when I ask for them, give me the pressure on the important things, and in general just CARE, he’s likely as not going to BE my boyfriend.

Because of this friendship, I’ve not had the need to have boys “notice” me all throughout my middle/high school years, and that’s THE BEST. And wow, I’m so glad I didn’t spend time crushing left and right, because that’s JUST WEIRD. (#youknowyourehomeschooled)

And wow, I’m so grateful for HIM™, who has literally coached me through awkward social sitiations and girl friend issues (because, guys, MINDBLOWER: GIRLS ARE HARD TO FIGURE OUT. THE DRAMA IS REAL. it doesn’t help that I’m the most socially awkward extrovert on earth)

I’m breaking all societal norms/expectations, and I 100% think this is THE best path for me. It may not be *THE BEST* path, nor is it *THE* path that everyone should take, but this is the one I’ve taken, and I’m completely happy with it.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying to ditch all your girl best friends and to find a best boy friend. Neither am I saying that EVERY girl must have a guy best friend that’s NOT their boyfriend. I just want to point out that IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE A GUY BEST FRIEND WHO’S NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND WHO YOU LOVE PLATONICALLY AND ITS ACTUALLY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

Talk to me! What are your perspectives on this? My perspective on this is probably different from other peoples’, both in the Church™ and the World™, and Society™ in general.

Book Review: True to You by Becky Wade

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About the Book

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with am inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry.

John enlists Nora’s help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side by side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match. But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?

My Review

First of all, LOOK AT THAT PRETTY COVER. It’s so cute! I love the dress, I love the cover scheme, it’s adorable!

Nora is literally me. She doesn’t know how to dress cute (me), she reads way too much (me), and look at this quote:
“She’d picked up the Silverstone Chronicles, sunk two hours into reading, visited her favorite fiction blogs, updated her progress on goodreads.com, and switched out her winter wardrobe for her summer wardrobe. She never did make it to the gym, yet here she stood in her yoga pants, Hogwarts Alumni t-shirt, and sweatshirt”
^ MEEEE
(Also speaking of which, I need sisters that do The Enhancement Of Hanne on me bc we all know I sorely need it)

I like how the Bradfords were so close to each other: the close family feel and the Bible/God references were a plus! (Usually the most “Christian” in a Christian fiction book is two prayers and maybe a church mention).

I didn’t really like how the Bradford sisters approached/described men in general. Fine, a couple of small descriptions, but nothing about “a delicious masculine scent” or “a male torso that had about as much give as a fir tree” please. (There were also some PG13 kissing scenes that could probably have been a lot less detailed.)

As for the writing style, I LOVE how the grandma is portrayed: she’s hilarious! There are also several fun points that made me smile. It just really clicked with me. In addition, the contemporary feel was really present in the book. Sometimes, when reading “contemporary” books, I feel like some stuff is outdated (eg instant messages, booting up a computer, etc). There was no such feel in this book. There was Facebook, there was GoodReads, there was Netflix, there were smartphones, and it just felt really “in time.” (of course, this is going to change in a year, but for now it’s really relevant)

In addition, I really like the small changes of perspective: “the quote emblazoned across Nora’s purple pajama top” or “typed by John Lawson into the Reminders app on his phone” or text messages from Nora to her sisters. They add a nice perspective and an extra depth to the book.

As a caveat, there are some topics discussed in the book that I can’t give away (because spoilers, see below), but they do deal with violence and, er, adult stuff. Nothing descriptive, but they are mentioned quite a great deal.

The story of redemption and forgiveness and love in this book was portrayed very well. That story was amazing. I also really enjoyed the God-moment/coincidence and John’s mother’s letter was beautiful.

My Rating

6/10

Points earned:

  • Cute story that ends well
  • Witty and humorous
  • Small changes in point of view
  • Characters 👌
  • Family/God bonds
  • Redemption and forgiveness and the storyline in general

Points lost:

  • Lovey scenes (some may like them, I personally felt they were both too stereotypical and overvividly described)
  • Descriptions of guys’ bodies
  • Adult topics (every third letter, SPOILER: akrfjadlpxle and almwduqprvkdkveajr and fjacjlwuceiocnhsmofjlqvipasvjm) that do tell a beautiful story but are not recommended for audiences below at least 15
  • The romance progressed a little too quickly for my liking? I felt like that made it feel less realistic.

Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free physical copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion; I was not required to provide a positive review.